Elateridae of the British Isles

Ampedus pomorum (Herbst, 1784)

Size – 8-12mm.

Description – Head and pronotum black, with densly scattered punctures visible on the pronotum. The elytra are orange with two darker spots towards the centre of the anterior edge. The legs are black with brown tarsi, especially towards the apices.  The antennae are black and just extend beyond the posterior edge of the pronotum.

National Biodiversity Network map showing the distribution of Ampedus pomorum across Britain and Ireland.

British and Irish distribution of Ampedus pomorum (Herbst, 1784) based on records held by the National Biodiversity Network.

Distribution data supplied by:

  • Natural England
  • Highland Biological Recording Group

Distribution – Very scattered distribution with one or two records from north Scotland, Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Staffordshire and south Wales.

Biology - The larvae are associated primarily with rotten and decaying Oak (Quercus rober), Birch (Betula spp.) and Pine (Pinus spp.), but there is probably association with other species. The larvae pupate and eclose at the end of the summer and the imago spends the winter inside the pupa.

Habitat – Old woodland pastures and peat moorlands with Birch present.